Workhouse 4

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Mr Forster, the first Clerk, died before the Workhouse opened and was replaced in 1840 by Mr Smith.  His salary was increased in February 1843 from

Surgeon Savage was employed for three months from 1 February 1848 for

Workhouse in Living Memory 2

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Nancy remembers only two school-going children, both boys, in her time and that towards the end. The wardmaster took the able-bodied to fields between the Workhouse and the Paupers’ Graveyard to cultivate the plots of potatoes and vegetables. As one photograph included here shows, there were cultivated plots also between the Reception Area and the Hospital Road.


There was also a piggery.  The intention was as far as possible to be self-sufficient in food.

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Workhouse 9

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 There were factors that featured on a national and wider scale, such as temporary agricultural recessions, government policies and the shift from cultivation to pasture.


The rising and falling trends of Workhouse admissions over Ireland can be traced to a combination of all of these. 

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